Dr. Michael Dickey, a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, was awarded the American Society for Engineering Education’s (ASEE) Curtis W. McGraw Research Award for 2016.
The Curtis W. McGraw Research Award was established in 1957 to recognize outstanding early achievements by young engineering college research workers and to encourage the continuance of such productivity. The annual award is sponsored by the Engineering Research Council (ERC) with the assistance of the McGraw-Hill Book Company. The award includes an honorarium and a certificate, as well as travel costs to attend the ERC Annual Conference, where the award is presented.
Dickey’s research areas include new ways to actuate and pattern soft materials including polymers, liquid metals and gels. His work is focused on the study of materials with remarkable properties in order to enable new applications, such as energy harvesting devices, sensors, soft and stretchable electronics and self-folding sheets, in a simple, inexpensive and scalable manner.
He has coauthored more than 70 publications and has previously received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2010), the Sigma Xi Faculty Award (2011) and the Outstanding Teacher Award – Member of the Academy of Outstanding Teachers at NC State University (2012). He was honored as a University Faculty Scholar (2013) and received the ASEE Southeastern Section New Faculty Research Award (2013).